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The head of Northern Ohio's U.S. attorney’s office is moving on
Other top headlines: Westlake police officer assaulted suspect by punching and kicking, federal prosecutors say; Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, FirstMerit Bank donate bottled water to Flint; Kent State president denounces professor's actio
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE
and MICHAEL BRATTON


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Morning headlines for Thursday, January 21, 2016:

  • Northern Ohio's U.S. attorney is returning to private practice;
  • Westlake police officer assaulted suspect by punching and kicking, federal prosecutors say;
  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, FirstMerit Bank donate 40,000 pounds of bottled water to City of Flint;
  • Kent State University president denounces actions of professor under federal investigation;
  • General Motors and United Auto Workers discuss contracts at Lordstown plant;
  • Canton police officer set to get new K-9 partner;
  • Tim McGraw to play Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2016 Concert for Legends;
  • Ohio program aimed at helping people understand health care benefits and options named best of its kind in the nation;
  • Kasich praises New Hampshire Legislature for Medicaid expansion under federal healthcare overhaul 
  • Northern Ohio's U.S. attorney is returning to private practice
    The head of the U.S. attorney’s office in Cleveland -- who was key in developing the consent decree to overhaul the Cleveland Police Department -- is resigning to return to private practice. Fifty-year-old Steven Dettelbach was nominated in July 2009 by President Obama, unanimously confirmed by the Senate and is among the longest-serving U.S. attorneys in the Justice Department. He had been a federal prosecutor and in private practice at Baker Hostetler, to which Cleveland.com is reporting he will return. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said in a statement that Dettelbach has been a great partner with the city and that he has “nothing but thanks and gratitude.” Congresswoman Marcia Fudge called Dettelbach a “committed public servant and fighter for civil and human rights." Other significant cases overseen by Dettelbach’s office include convictions of more than 60 public officials and businessmen in Cuyahoga County -- including Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and Auditor Frank Russo -- and prosecuting members of an Amish sect for hate crimes.

    Westlake police officer is accused of punching, kicking and terrorizing a suspect
    Federal prosecutors say a suburban Cleveland detective punched and kicked a suspect, drove him to a cemetery, wrapped a seatbelt around his neck and threatened to put him in the ground. Westlake police detective Robert Toth was indicted in June, but it wasn't until documents were filed by federal prosecutors in Cleveland this week that the specific accusations were revealed.

    Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, FirstMerit Bank donate 40,000 pounds of bottled water to City of Flint
    The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and FirstMerit Bank delivered thousands of bottles of water -- 40,000 pounds -- to Flint, Mich., which has been dealing with a crisis caused by lead leaching from pipes into water supplies. The water went to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, where Akron-Canton Food Bank CEO Dan flowers got his start.

    Kent State University president denounces actions of professor under federal investigation
    Kent State University President Beverly Warren is underscoring that the university does not support the positions of a professor who is under investigation by the FBI for possible ties to the Islamic State. In a statement to faculty and students, Warren said the university – quote – “continues to find Julio Pino’s comments reprehensible and counter to our core values of civil discourse and respect.” She says the FBI sees no indication of the threat to campus. Pino, who denies involvement with radical Muslim groups, has written strong letters and columns condemning Israel and American policy in the Middle East, including shouting “Death to Israel!” at a lecture by a former Israeli diplomat and eulogizing a Palestinian suicide bomber.

    General Motors and United Auto Workers discuss contracts at Lordstown plant
    The United Auto Workers and General Motors are discussing the local contracts affecting about 3,000 people at the Chevrolet plant in Lordstown. According to the Youngstown Vindicator, the sessions with international leaders and representatives of Local 1112 are fact-finding to see if there are any issues that would lead to an impasse. The Lordstown workers overwhelmingly approved a national agreement last year that included an $8,000 bonus and gradually does away with a two-tier pay structure. Local contracts governs work rules.

    Canton police officer set to get new K-9 partner
    Canton Police Officer Ryan Davis is expected to get a new K-9 partner next week. The non-profit K9s4COPs in Texas is donating a dog for training. Davis’ partner Jethro was fatally shot as he and Davis were investigating a break in at a grocery store on the city’s southwest side. Hundreds of officers attended a memorial to the German shepherd this week.

    Ohio program aimed at helping people understand health care benefits and options named best of its kind in the nation

    An Ohio program designed to help Medicare beneficiaries understand complex health care benefits and options has been named the best of its kind in the nation. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rankings being released today show the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program scored best over 54 similar programs in other states and territories. Ohio's program was ranked last four years ago. Programs were scored on consumer engagement, enrollment support and six other criteria. Lt. Governor and Insurance Director Mary Taylor credited "sheer dedication" by program staff. The Ohio program provides free health-benefit counseling to Medicare beneficiaries, families and caregivers. About 375,000 Ohioans on Medicare used its services last year.

    Kasich praises New Hampshire legislature for Medicaid expansion under federal healthcare overhaul
    Gov. John Kasich is praising the New Hampshire legislature for expanding Medicaid under the president's health care overhaul law, a rare position for a Republican presidential candidate. Kasich, who accepted federal money to expand the program here in Ohio, says it's saved lives and given people hope. His remarks come during a brief address to New Hampshire's 400-member House. New Hampshire lawmakers expanded Medicaid after a lengthy debate in 2014, when Democrats controlled the House and Republicans led the Senate. Kasich hasn't shied away on the campaign trail from his decision to expand Medicaid, which provides health insurance for low income people.

    Tim McGraw to play Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2016 Concert for Legends
    County superstar Tim McGraw will come to Canton this August to play the newly renovated Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The concert is a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s newly formed Concert for Legends to celebrate the enshrinement of each new class. Aerosmith played a sold-out crowd in the inaugural Concert for Legends last August. McGraw's concert will be on Aug. 5 and tickets go on sale next Wednesday at 10 a.m. For more information, click here

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